Mgr Gerard’s reflection – 3rd Sunday of Advent

At the time of today’s gospel John the Baptist had been arrested and was sat in a prison cell. He became impatient and he sent some of his visitors to ask Jesus why the delay. Had John been wrong in thinking that Jesus was the one to come? We often hear the same kind of query in our world. Is Jesus really the saviour of the world? If he is, how do you explain the sad state of the world? You hear this asked about our church. Why doesn’t the church leadership do this or that? Jesus answers John’s questions by pointing out the reign of God was in progress and we are not yet at the end. Jesus tells us his friends “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (John 16:12). He then spoke about the Holy Spirit who he would send from the Father, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you all into the truth. He will take what is mine and declare it to you”. The Holy Spirit is not often thought of during the Christmas season but today would be good to reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit and the role the Holy Spirit plays in in my life.